Plenty Highway

Submitted: Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 22:11
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Thanks for the encouragement - I met up with 3 couples just as I was driving out of Boulia, who said I could tag along with them - they drove like the clappers - 80/90 kph - with me chasing after them. Wasn't too bad - bit corrugated/sandy/ didn't have any punctures and bush camped for about 4 nights - detouring via Arltunga and Ruby Gap Nature Park to reach Alice. I'm so glad I did it - I thoroughly enjoyed the journey.
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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 23:19

Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 23:19
Gday,
Did you go down through Cattlewater pass?
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Follow Up By: Member - loris G (NSW) - Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 23:25

Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 23:25
Yes. We camped just off the Plenty Highway in a delightful wattle grove - a popular bush camping spot by the number of left over fire places. The track was in fairly good condition.
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Reply By: Kiwi & "Mahindra" - Sunday, May 25, 2008 at 09:14

Sunday, May 25, 2008 at 09:14
Good on you for doing it!!! So glad you could tag along with others.
Did you get any photos????

Laura
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Follow Up By: Member - loris G (NSW) - Monday, May 26, 2008 at 21:29

Monday, May 26, 2008 at 21:29
Hello Laura,

No photoes - or only a few- until Artlunga and Ruby Gap - didn't want to stop before in case I lost my companions. Cheers, Loris.
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Reply By: Member - Brian A (NSW) - Sunday, May 25, 2008 at 20:43

Sunday, May 25, 2008 at 20:43
Loris,

in early July we intend to travel from Boulia to Alice via the Plenty, from Sydney, Bourke, Cunnamulla and Quilpie. Can you offer any further insight into road conditions and or suitable spots for an overnight camp?

Much appreciated.
Brian
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Follow Up By: Member - loris G (NSW) - Monday, May 26, 2008 at 21:37

Monday, May 26, 2008 at 21:37
Brian,

The technique used - and also previously recommended to me - was to lower tyre pressure to 30 and stay at about 80 kph. Road had bull dust, corrugations, etc., but not as bad as I was led to believe. The NT side is not necessarily better than Qld side - it was probably worse -although they were working on it towards end.

Camping - we camped off road 1st night just over border. Just look for an easy place to drive off and get behind trees. Second night, a great spot just at the beginning of Cattlewater Pass off the Plenty Highway - maybe 200 m along road - 3rd night at Ruby Gap NP. Sorry, didn't take gps readings,but you'll find somewhere easily.

Enjoy the trip. Loris
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Reply By: Member - Brian A (NSW) - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 08:46

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 08:46
Thanks for this Loris.

Was the bull-dust an issue, or just dusty?

Brian
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Follow Up By: Member - loris G (NSW) - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 12:17

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 12:17
Brian,

I went through it in 2wd - slid from side to side a few times, but nothing too bad. I drive a 75 series troopy. There were lots of little bypass tracks on side of road - so I assume worst was avoided. I'm new to bulldust,so don't really know when it's bull or just dust.

You'll be fine. Loris
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Follow Up By: Member - loris G (NSW) - Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 09:40

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 09:40
Brian,

Forgot to mention - there's a camping site at Jervois attached to petrol station/homestead.

Loris
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian A (NSW) - Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 21:53

Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 21:53
Thanks Loris. Appreciate your follow-up info.

Regards
Brian
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